On the evening of October 10, the 2020 National Table Tennis Championships produced the last two gold medals, and the two finals were staged in 7 games. The process was intense and exciting. In the end, Chen Meng/Wang Manyu defeated Sun Yingsha/Wang Yidi 4-3 to win the women's doubles championship, and Fan Zhendong defeated his eldest brother Malone 4-3 to reach the men's singles highest podium. At this point, the national championships are all over. Guangdong and Hebei have won the men's and women's team championships respectively; Fan Zhendong and Chen Meng won the men's and women's singles championship; Ma Long/Xu Xin and Chen Meng/Wang Manyu won the men's and women's doubles championship; Wang Chuqin/Wang Manyu won Mixed doubles champion.
There has always been a consensus within the Chinese table tennis team that the national championship is more difficult to win than the world championship. The National Championship has a long schedule, many events, and high intensity. In this championship, we see that even if they are better than Malone and Xu Xin, they will be somewhat powerless. Although the duo won the men's doubles championship, Xu Xin was out early in the singles. Malone also experienced a decline in physical strength and energy at the end of the men's singles final. Both of them had accidentally lost in team matches. You can imagine how tough the tournament is.
However, difficulties are conducive to growth. Only in difficult competitions, to stand out and achieve good results, can athletes really get exercise. From this perspective, Chen Meng, who won the women's singles and women's doubles championships, and the men's singles champion Fan Zhendong, are undoubtedly the two athletes who have gained the most.
Fan Zhendong and Chen Meng are currently number one in men’s and women’s singles in the world. Both participated in the recent National Table Tennis Simulator. However, they both stopped in the semi-finals with high expectations. Chen Meng lost to Wang Manyu and Wang Yidi to miss the top three. Fan Zhendong also lost to Liang Jingkun in the semifinals. After Malone retired, he still failed to win the championship. With the Tokyo Olympics just around the corner, the two players who have the greatest hopes for entering the Olympics need a convincing result to add weight to their Olympic journey. This national championship is the best opportunity.
On October 9, Shandong team player Chen Meng celebrated scoring during the game. On the same day, in the women's singles final of the 2020 National Table Tennis Championships in Weihai, Shandong, Shandong team player Chen Meng defeated Hebei team player Sun Yingsha 4-0 to win the championship. Photo by Xinhua News Agency reporter Zhu Zheng
Throughout this competition, Chen Meng's performance can be described as driving low and high. She was upset and lost to He Zhuojia of the Hebei team in the women's team finals, which directly caused the Shandong women's team to miss the team championship. When the outside world was worried about Chen Meng's state, she finally broke out in a single event. In the women's singles semi-finals, she encountered Wang Manyu again. This time, she did not fall into the shadow of the last loss to the opponent and the team defeat, and ended the battle cleanly 4-0. In the final, Chen Meng still won the game 4-0 against Sun Yingsha, who has been gaining momentum recently. In the finals, Chen Meng showed a strong desire to win and an extremely stable psychological quality. He changed the slow-heating problem in the past. He did not slack in the lead, was tied or even overtime and was not discouraged. In such an accident, Chen Meng was obviously the less affected party. In the end, she won the championship with a nearly perfect performance.
This championship is of great significance to Chen Meng. She needs a champion with such a high gold content to enhance her self-confidence. She also needs to use such results to prove to the coaching staff that she has the strength to go to the Olympics and play for the country.
Same as Chen Meng, Fan Zhendong also ushered in the "salvation battle" in this championship. He once again met Liang Jingkun in the semifinals. From the 2019 World Table Tennis Championships to the previous Olympic simulation games, Fan Zhendong fell under Liang Jingkun's shots twice. Is it true that the game is restrained or the psychological shadow is difficult to get rid of? Fan Zhendong needs to rectify his name in this campaign. Throughout the game, Fan Zhendong was very active. He defeated his opponent in 4 consecutive games when he lost one game first. This was a key battle for Fan Zhendong's self-breakthrough. Facing Ma Long in the final, Fan Zhendong was prepared for difficulties. Whether it was a big 2-3 behind, or the final game was entangled by Ma Long, he acted very calmly, showing super psychological quality and excellent technical and tactical level. .
On October 10th, Fan Zhendong returned the ball in the game. On the same day, in the men's singles final of the 2020 National Table Tennis Championships in Weihai, Shandong, Fan Zhendong defeated Ma Long, a player of the Beijing Yanjing Beer Team, 4 to 3 to win the championship. Photo by Xinhua News Agency reporter Zhu Zheng
Fan Zhendong has always been recognized as the next elder brother of Guoping. He became famous in his youth and has strong impact by everyone. But precisely because of too much expectations, Fan Zhendong's state has fluctuated from time to time, and his performance has not been stable in recent years. After the Tokyo Olympics, a group of veterans such as Ma Long and Xu Xin are destined to fade out. Fan Zhendong will carry the banner of men's table tennis. He needs to perfect himself as soon as possible, break through himself, and build confidence with good results one after another. In this championship, he broke through the two mountains of Liang Jingkun and Malone. The value and significance of training are far greater than winning the championship itself.
In November, the men’s and women’s World Cup will continue in Weihai, Shandong. Fan Zhendong and Chen Meng will both compete. I believe that after the fierce battle of the National Championships, they will definitely come up with a better state in the World Cup and meet the challenge of the "long-lost" world master. To